Jun 24, 2022

"MY" coffee

 

I stumbled across this brand of coffee from Canada where the company has coffee shops.

Naturally, I ordered some and am having my first cup this morning.

Delicious (naturally)😏

HERE is their website.

Jun 23, 2022

ownerly.com

 www.Ownerly.com charges for the information about homes, though that is not clear in their TV ads.

Question

 

Supreme Court Blocks New York Law Limiting Guns in Public

 

Where are all of the Alabama States' Rights people now?

 

Where Alabama's State Income Comes From...mostly from YOU.


 Alabama funds its state operations this way:

 34.4% comes from Personal Income Taxes.

27.5% comes from Sales Taxes.

21.8% comes from "selective sales" Taxes.

8% comes from Corporate Taxes.

4.3% comes from license fees.

3.3% comes from property taxes.

 


SOURCE is PEW. HERE.

Oh, and Alabama receives about 23.32% of the money it spends from the Federal Government.

 


Jun 22, 2022

News from the Other Confederate Capital

     A statue of confederate president Jefferson Davis that was torn down by protestors in Richmond is now on display in a museum in that city---prone and painted with graffiti.

(Photo via VPM, Public Media in Richmond)


     The Richmong CBS TV affiliate reports the statue is now on display at The Valentine museum on East Clay Street.


"That statue was seen as the first domino to fall during the social justice protests that lead to additional Confederate statues to come down.

Davis has sat in storage at the city's wastewater treatment plant under cover since.

...The statue is on loan from Richmond’s Black History Museum for six months."

Alabama Arise Calls for Improved Public Transit


 

"Alabama is one of only three states that provide no state funding for public transportation. A 1952 constitutional amendment bars the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) from using revenue from the state gas tax or license fees for public transportation, which is how most states fund public transportation. Instead, nearly all money for public transportation in Alabama comes from federal dollars administered by ALDOT."

 

"American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) relief funding provides an opportunity for Alabama to jump-start public transportation across the state. Alabama Arise joined 81 partner organizations Wednesday in a letter asking lawmakers to allocate ARPA money to public transportation.

 The 81 agencies joining Alabama Arise in calling for the state to use some of the federal funds to  fund public transit."

 

States ranked by health during Covid

 The Commonwealth Fund released its 2022 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which was modified from previous years to factor each state's response and management of the COVID-19 pandemic into its grade.

 

 

 

1. Hawaii

2. Massachusetts

3. Connecticut 

4. Washington

5. Vermont

6. Rhode Island

7. Maryland

8. New Hampshire

9. Minnesota

10. New York

11. California

12. Colorado

13. District of Columbia 

14. Pennsylvania
*Oregon
*Maine

17. Iowa

18. New Jersey

19. Utah

20. Virginia

21. Wisconsin

22. Nebraska
*Illinois 

24. Michigan

25. Idaho

26. New Mexico

27. Delaware

28. Montana

29. North Dakota

30. South Dakota
*Alaska

32. Arizona

33. Ohio

34. North Carolina

35. Kansas

36. Florida

37. South Carolina
*Indiana

39. Louisiana

40. Tennessee

41. Wyoming
*Nevada
*Kentucky

44. Georgia
*Arkansas

46. Alabama

47. Missouri

48. Texas

49. West Virginia

50. Oklahoma

51. Mississippi

SOURCE HERE

Jun 20, 2022

NPR Advice

 FULL NPR story HERE.

Should white people celebrate Juneteenth?

White people should celebrate this holiday in the way that centers Black Americans. What I mean by that is, if your celebration looks like taking away or speaking over Black Americans and how they're choosing to celebrate and how they're choosing to stand in their truth, then I don't think that's actually celebrating alongside Black Americans. Just don't interrupt Black folks who are just trying to have a great time.

On how Juneteenth celebrations have evolved over the years

I think it's great that there's aspects of the Black American story that are being commemorated in this way. I think that [Ohio State University professor] Dr. Trevon Logan said it best [in a recent op-ed in Bloomberg]: Juneteenth should remind Americans that emancipation was necessary but insufficient. There needs to be an actual grappling with how racial injustice is still shaping the lives of Black Americans and Black folks in America by extension, today.

On the commercialization of Juneteenth

I think the commodification of Juneteenth oftentimes happens in the absence of Black folks actually having a say in how Juneteenth is commemorated by a company or an organization.

I don't think any Black person would say, please come out with a Juneteenth-flavored ice cream. Ok, I'm looking at Walmart, right?

On what's wrong with Walmart's Juneteenth-flavored ice cream

I mean, why are you taking the celebration of the emancipation of slavery, in certain parts of the U.S., and trying to sell it as a quick, "Here's something that you can easily digest, literally." And I think that is a problem.

You wouldn't do that with other important American milestones, and I think even then there's a level of care that needs to go into that. Because the reality is, while Juneteenth is being commodified, Black Americans and Black folks in America are still struggling. So you're making money off of supposed Black liberation and freedom, when that freedom and liberation hasn't been fully realized.

On how companies and organizations can prioritize Black people

Yes, it's America, so commodification and commercialization is inevitable, right? You know, just go to Times Square, for example. I think my whole point around that is, organizations that really want to deeply engage with Juneteenth also need to deeply grapple with how racial injustice is sort of taking place in their own organizations.

Texas Buys Into The Big Lie


 "We reject the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States."

Source: CBS HERE.

1863

 January 1, 1863

 “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

 (Why today is a state and federal holiday. The Southern states ignored the federal order until after they lost the Civil War.)

Jun 19, 2022

Runoff Election Reminder: Who Can Vote on Tuesday?


 

From the Secretary of State's Office:

Friday, June 17, 2022—MONTGOMERY, AL— As the 2022 Primary Runoff Election approaches it is important to remind voters who voted in the Primary Election that they must vote in the same political party’s Primary Runoff Election.

Since 2017, Alabama’s Crossover Voting Law has been in effect and it prohibits crossover voting within a particular election cycle. For example, if a voter cast a ballot in the Republican Primary Election, then they are prohibited from casting a ballot in the Democratic Primary Runoff Election. That voter must cast a ballot in the Republican Primary Runoff Election and vice versa.

However, voters who did not participate in the May 24th Primary Election or voters who strictly voted on constitutional amendments, are free to cast a ballot in either party’s Primary Runoff Election.



 

 

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (334) 242-7210.

Recommended Reading: Montgomery Native now a single Gay Dad in NYC

 The NPR Father's Day story is about three single gay men who have a child...one of them...


"...who now calls New York home, grew up in Montgomery, Ala. Black, gay and heavyset in the South, he was raised by a single mother in a family of single mothers.

"Despite what one might expect, given those characteristics – that geography, those circumstances – who I am as a person has made me seemingly oblivious to those perceived constraints," he says.

 

HERE's the story.

Dad's Day

 

Dad passed in 1994.

Jun 18, 2022

68 Years Ago Today, June 18, 1954, Attorney General-Elect Albert Patterson Shot to Death in Phoenix City.

 Today is the 68th Anniversary of the assassination of Albert Patterson...the Alabama Attorney General who was in the middle of trying to clean up Phoenix City.




 I'm not sure when the damage was done to the statue. It appears the head was detached.

And below, did he have one leg longer than the other, resulting in him wearing a shoe with the "lift" in it?


 One source indicates it was a war wound he suffered, and that he walked with a cane from that point on.

Fun States Ranked.

😁We're 44th!!!!!

The WalletHub people are out with a list ranking the most and least fun states. And we're cheering for, as usual, Mississippi & West Virginia, but also Delaware, Rhode Island, Arkansas and Vermont, for being the six states ranked as even less fun than Alabama.

The top 5:

1California



2Florida


3Nevada


4New York


5Illinois  


 And at the bottom:


44Alabama


45Vermont


46Arkansas


47Rhode Island


48Delaware


49Mississippi


50West Virginia